Learning with Technology Essay

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Introduction
Technology has brought about many changes in today’s society. We interact, exchange information, and socialize in whole new ways that were not even possible twenty years ago. These changes apply to all areas of life, and can even be incorporated into the classroom to bring about positive results in students. The use of technology in the classroom for cooperative learning, personalized learning, and group learning have the potential for great impact on the way learners learn and teachers teach.

Cooperative Learning Any educator in the classroom today would argue that students learn and retain information better when they are in a collaborative environment. Students need social interaction to help reinforce content and
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Kim and Baylor have a unique idea to “augment human cognition” known as pedagogical agents. They state that “In particular, pedagogical agents can be designed to simulate social interaction that may facilitate learners to engage in the learning task and consequently to enhance learning in computer-based environments. Pedagogical agents are animated life-like characters embedded in instructional applications. What makes pedagogical agents unique from conventional computer-based environments is their ability to simulate social interaction” (Kim & Baylor, 2006).
What they propose is not just an environment for collaboration to occur in, but for the student to accually socially interact and collaborate with the computer program or “environment” itself! What an out-of-this-world idea that is rapidly becoming a very real possibility. In the 2010 article titled, Technology Enhanced Learning: Fostering Cooperative Learning Through the Integration of Online Communication as Part of Teaching and Learning Experience, Ramli states “In conventional classroom setups of twenty or more students, we often see the more talkative and confident students dominating the social interaction, while the reserved and not as confident lots tend to keep their views to themselves” (Ramli, 2010). The integration of technology into the classroom has the potential to

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